Funeral Services Announced for CRFD Fire Chaplain Billie Bright

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department will join friends, families and our partnering agencies in the South Carolina Fire Service in celebrating the life of CRFD Chaplain Billie Lee Bright II who passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the age of 46.

Chaplain Bright served CRFD beginning in September of 1998 when he first was hired on as a firefighter. Over the course of 12 years he rose through the ranks to the position of fire captain until his retirement in July of 2010.

After realizing that he still had a desire to serve his community, Bright would later become chaplain for the department and further grow in a support role for his fellow firefighters by providing comfort and counseling to them in their darkest moments.


A public viewing will be held for Chaplain Bright on Thursday, September 16, 2021

from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at


Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services at Koon Road

5716 Koon Road

Columbia, South Carolina



A funeral service will follow on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 1 p.m. at


Second Nazareth Baptist Church

2336 Elmwood Avenue

Columbia, South Carolina



Internment will take place following the funeral at


Greenlawn Memorial Gardens

7100 Garners Ferry Road

Columbia, South Carolina


All guests are advised that there will be strict capacity limits inside the church on the day of the funeral.  A live stream of the funeral service will be available.

For further details and ways to show support for the Bright family click here.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the close friends and family of Chaplain Bright and all who are in grieving at this time of great loss.